Seven years ago I started writing The Trust. When I finished it and was telling friends that I had written a book, one of my attorney friends ask, "Are you going to publish an eBook?" I answered with a simple, "No." What I really meant was, "H*** no, you fool!!! I want someone to read it!!" Seven years ago I don't think I had even seen an eBook.
Keep in mind as well that when I was asked this question the only real method to read an ebook was at a computer and most of us don't want to sit in front of a computer anymore than we have to.
Oh how the times have changed.
The other day I read a statistic that more than 15% of all book sales in the last month of 2010 were in some eBook format. While that may not seem like a lot at first blush, keep in mind that just a few short years ago the sales were in the looooow single digits. Another statistic reports that since November of 2010 eBook sales were up more than 100%.
Publishers have to love eBooks because there is no messy ink involved. Seriously though the cost to produce and deliver eBooks is minimal and with digital delivery they will never go out of print just sort of perpetually floating around in cyberspace. Authors love them because while they may sell for less than traditional print books the profit for the writer is generally a higher percentage and even with a lower price the authors generally earns more. The readers them love them because they cost less and they don't have the tendency to make book fans feel like we are living in a libaray.
I have a Nook. It's size is quite pleasing and it has a number of great features. The two best are that with the free 3G access I can enjoy instant gratification with purchases and it holds up to 1500 books - 1500! Given that my house resembles a cluttered library the Nook will be nice.
So the quick conclusion is that the eBooks are here to stay. At least in my humble opinion I feel they are. I think we will continue to see the sales rise from eBooks and we will likely see the sales outpace those of traditional books. This will also open the door to scores of new writers who may otherwise never have a market for their work. I do wonder how long it will be that the traditional print industry will be around as we know it today. I do believe that there are those that will cling to traditional print; however, I feel their numbers will slowly diminish. The publishing industry will have to adapt, there is no question of that as a ripple effect will continue to be seen.The one question I do have after all of this, particularly in light of my recently published book, is how does an author do a book signing for an eBook? I would imagine that could cause problems on the screen!
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